Course Title: Cultures of Photography 303

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cultures of Photography 303

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2017


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Alan Hill

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 xxx

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

“Why would anyone agree to being photographed without a full understanding of the potential political, cultural and economic currency of the images.” (Broomberg and Chanarin 2013)

In this course you will be introduced to the work of a diverse range of photographic practitioners. You will examine the reasons and forces that motivate them to produce the work that they do. You will also investigate the agencies that may influence the production of that work. You will explore the roles and impact that these agencies play in the production and dissemination of photography in a local and global setting and relate this to your own practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the current theoretical contexts of a range of photographic cultures.
  • Examine and engage in debates around the production of photographic artefacts.
  • Critically discuss contemporary photographic practice from the perspectives of politics, culture and economics.
  • Frame and present your practice within the broader cultural context.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Employ critical, cultural discourses and technical knowledge of professional photographic practices and emerging technologies to achieve imaging solutions for clients.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on your discipline in both local and international contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be presented through a variety of activities including workshops, experimentation, lectures, critical analysis, discussion, practice, presentation and reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Photography students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: